Weekend pop art: Disney characters go whimsically dark in Tim Burton-esque illustrations

(artwork via Laughing Squid (c) Andrew Tarusov)
(artwork via Laughing Squid (c) Andrew Tarusov)

 

Gifted, idiosyncratic director and creative visionary Tim Burton is no stranger to Disney.

He has after all, in the last few years alone, directed or produced Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) for the home of Mickey Mouse so it makes perfect sense that artist Andrew Tarusov would lend Burton’s distinctively whimsical Gothic style to a succession of Disney characters and films.

And much as you might not think the characters and artwork style would go together, they meld perfectly, lending Dumbo, The Lion King, Pinocchio and The Little Mermaid an extra layer of depth and otherworldiness.

They are quite arresting too, revealing another level of soulfulness to characters who actually endure their fair share of loss or melancholy on the way to their happy endings; Disney has never shied away from combining heartache and happy endings and Tarusov’s impressive artwork brings out this side of the legendary studio beautifully.

You can glory in Tarusov’s gorgeously Gothic artwork at both his Facebook page, and portfolio site, where you can download high-res pictures for a small donation through Patreon.

 

(artwork via Laughing Squid (c) Andrew Tarusov)
(artwork via Laughing Squid (c) Andrew Tarusov)

 

(artwork via Laughing Squid (c) Andrew Tarusov)
(artwork via Laughing Squid (c) Andrew Tarusov)

 

(artwork via Laughing Squid (c) Andrew Tarusov)
(artwork via Laughing Squid (c) Andrew Tarusov)

 

(artwork via Laughing Squid (c) Andrew Tarusov)
(artwork via Laughing Squid (c) Andrew Tarusov)

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